New Delhi. The fifth and final Test match of the series between India and England (IND vs ENG 5th Test) has been canceled on the last occasion. Although this match can be organized in future. Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Jay Shah has also confirmed that talks are going on with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). Meanwhile, former Pakistan captain Inzamam Ul Haq has appreciated Team India’s decision.
Haque said that India’s decision not to play the Manchester Test was correct as all the players must have been in close contact with physiotherapist Yogesh Parmar, whose Kovid-19 test report has come positive. Since the symptoms of corona virus usually appear in 3-4 days, it could have created problems for the players of England as well. Former captain Inzamam praised the Indian team for showing passion and registering a resounding victory in the Oval Test even without their head coach Ravi Shastri.
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The 51-year-old Haque said on his YouTube channel, ‘It is unfortunate that the fifth Test between India and England could not be done due to Kovid. It was a great series but India has to be praised as Ravi Shastri was found infected with the corona virus in the middle of the fourth Test. Team India played the fourth Test without their coach and support staff but they showed determination on the field.
Haque further explained the importance of physiotherapists in Test matches and how they stay connected with the players. Although the Kovid-19 test report of all the players was negative but it was a bit difficult for the visiting team to get on the field without their physio. He said, ‘It is very difficult to play without the support staff. When you are injured or facing any problem, you need a trainer or physio to help you recover and become match-fit.
He further said, ‘People must be wondering why India backed out despite all its players being fit. Physio and trainer are very important. The physio’s work starts after a day’s play in a Test match is over.
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Manchester Test can be organized in future. BCCI secretary Jay Shah said that the cricket boards of both the countries are in talks regarding this. Currently, India is leading 2-1 in this series. BCCI secretary Jay Shah also said that there will be no compromise on the safety of the players.
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